President Joe Biden and his senior advisers meet with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Thursday, October 7, 2021, in Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti’s West Wing office. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)
Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) deal with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appears to be falling apart.
Manchin has agreed to support Schumer, Biden, and the Democrat’s “Inflation Reduction Act,” in exchange for reforms on oil and gas permitting.
This was supposed to be included in the stopgap government funding bill, but now Democrats are changing their tune and voicing opposition to its inclusion, The Daily Wire reports.
Democrats in the House have now signed a letter to Democrat leadership opposing the reforms to the permitting process.
The Democrats stated in the letter, “The permitting and public notice and comment provisions mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are among the only tools local communities have to force careful review of federal projects that may have serious, long-term, environmental, and public health consequences in those communities.”
The Democrat continued, “These permitting ‘reforms’ would weaken other important public health protections, including the Clean Water Act and more.”
And of course, they made it about race, writing, that reforms would, “significantly and disproportionately impact low-income communities, indigenous communities, and communities of color.”
The letter was written by House Natural Rsources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and joined by 72 other Democrats, and was addressed to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
Senator Bernie Sanders a sometimes Democrat, when he’s running for president, from Vermont also announced his opposition to the deal on the Senate floor, calling it a “”dirty side deal.”